The next step as you GO is to PREPARE and plan. How will you get there? Who will you connect with on the ground, both now and once you arrive? What logistical needs have to be met? What personal affairs need to be put in order? These are just some of the questions that should begin being addressed at this stage. This is a key stage where MSC’s expertise can serve and aid both you and your local church as we connect you with like-minded believers where you’re heading, suggest the questions often left un-asked, and help you to establish realistic and faith-filled plans.
During this phase, meet regularly with your church leaders to dream, plan, and pray. Devote yourself to your spiritual growth and your walk with the Lord as you prepare. Meet with former missionaries or those home on furlough, read recent books on contemporary missions, learn all you can about the culture and country you are heading to. Look through available mission training options and determine the best fit for your timetable, term, and finances. Crossing cultures and crossing oceans involves so many things that will be utterly foreign and unexpected. Cuisine, language, cultural differences, traditions – the list of significant challenges is boundless. The more you’re able to be prepared for these changes and challenges, the less they can hold you back from your Gospel goals. Make sure you receive training that will minimize the impact of these paradigm shifts.
MSC strongly encourages prospective mission workers to research the social, cultural, economic, and political history of their intended country of service. Two places to begin learning about these things are Wikipedia and the United Nations. In addition, we highly recommend developing an understanding of the history of missions and in particular brethren missions. A book list has been provided below to help you begin or continue this process.
Continue reading – STEP 3: TRAIN.
Suggested books: (all links go to Amazon.ca)
Foreign to Familiar: A Guide to Understanding Hot- And Cold-Climate Cultures by Sarah A. Lanier
Serving with Eyes Wide Open: Doing Short-Term Missions with Cultural Intelligence by David A. Livermore
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ to Engage Our Multicultural World by David A. Livermore and Chap Clark
When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor And Yourself by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert
Father of Faith Missions: The Life and Times of Anthony Norris Groves by Robert Bernard Dannt
Essentials Of Missionary Service by Fleming Kenneth